|Ben Rosset and Kathy Owen in a|
three-player round of "Brew Crafters"
Ben has made a number of improvements to what was already an excellent game. Whereas in last January's version, players could gain exclusive control of specialized recipes, the newest version gives a scoring bonus to the first person to deliver a batch of a special recipe, but otherwise leaves the recipe available to other players for general scoring. This change opens up the option space for all players while maintaining the motivation to be the first brewer to release a special recipe. Ben has also added hops infusion and a mash tun for opportunities to improve brewing efficiency and score bonus points.
In my first game last winter, I'd focused on high-scoring specialized fruit-based ale recipes, rather than
|My brewing operation near the end of the game -|
Lots of hops-infused ale in the lower-right shipping area